BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Sunday, May 15, 2011) – After two consecutive lay-days, the Billabong Rio Pro is back ON today in two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at the main event site of Barra Da Tijuca and today’s schedule will potentially see the crowning of the 2011 women’s Billabong Rio Pro Champion. No men’s competition will be held today.
Stop No. 3 of 11 on the ASP Men’s World Title Season and 5 of 7 for the women, the Billabong Rio Pro kicked off action on Thursday with the start of women’s competition and saw the event’s top seeds lead the pack while hunting down this year’s elite Brazilian event title.
“We’ve got some consistent surf on offer this morning and will get things going with women’s Round 3,” Richie Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. “We’ll try and finish the women’s contest today as long as conditions permit.”
Kicking off Billabong Rio Pro Women’s Round 3 will be crowd favorite Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, ASP Women’s World Tour rookie Tyler Wright (AUS), 17, and Kauai native Alana Blanchard (HAW), 21.
When men’s competition begins, 2010 ASP Rookie of the year Owen Wright (AUS), 21, will surf against Heitor Alves (BRA), 29, and Bobby Martinez (USA), 28, in Heat 1.
The Billabong Rio Pro men’s waiting period runs from May 11 through 22 while the women’s window is from May 12 through 16. To watch the event LIVE log on to http://www.billabongpro.com
For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com.
Billabong Rio Pro Women’s Round 3 Match Ups:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA), Tyler Wright (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Laura Enever (AUS)
Billabong Rio Pro Round 1 Match Ups:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA)
Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), TBA
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW), TBA
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), TBA
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS), TBA
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Chris Davidson (AUS), Cory Lopez (USA)
Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA)